Attibele toll plaza blocked

more-inChaos prevailed at the Attibele toll plaza on the road connecting the city to Tamil Nadu on Monday as hundreds of commercial vehicles, which would pass without paying toll, were stopped and asked to pay up by the operators. In retaliation, the motorists blocked the toll gate, resulting in a massive traffic jam at noon. With the jam stretching over 2 km, police personnel allowed all motorists to pass without paying toll. The plaza was blocked by the drivers, leading to a huge traffic jam,” the statement said. A BETL spokesperson said that the company would lodge a complaint against those who blocked the toll booth on Monday.

March 27, 2017 15:33 UTC

All you need to know about Gudi Padwa or Ugadi

A festival that binds more than half of our nation, known as Ugadi or Gudi Padwa is the New Year according to Hindu calendar. One festival, different names:This day is celebrated with different names and for different reasons. In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, it's called Ugadi, at Karnataka, it's called Yugadi. Known as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, the festival is celebrated by many people who clean their house, buy new clothes and hang torans of raw mango leaves. Gudi Padwa also indicates marks the completion of harvesting of Rabi crops.

March 27, 2017 15:33 UTC

Dharamsala Test: Umesh Yadav reveals 'venomous' intention behind barrage of bouncers

Umesh revealed he enjoyed bowling on the track and that bowling bouncers to Australian batsmen was part of a specific plan. They way the Australians bowlers had bowled... Pat Cummins was bowling bouncers. I really enjoyed bowling those delivers, bowled the bouncers with all my heart," Umesh told After that I thought even our chance will come and even we can bowl bouncers. "Knew it would be just a matter of time before there was an edge (from the way Umesh bowled his fiery opening spell).

March 27, 2017 15:33 UTC

No proper info on contaminated borewells: PAC

While 5,958 borewells are not working, 3,263 borewells have contaminated water. The Board has not provided information to the PAC on whether it has stopped supply from borewells having contaminated water. It does not have information on how many such borewells are part of the packages tendered to repair 2,100 borewells. “If a borewell does not have potable water, then there is no point repairing it,” the report observes. Taking exception to awarding ‘uniform’ contracts without verifying their status, the PAC has observed that the equipment from the contaminated borewells could have been used in other borewells as well.

March 27, 2017 15:22 UTC

Troops evict opposition MPs from Maldives parliament

The lawmakers’ protest came a day after exiled opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed announced a unity pact with the president’s powerful half-brother—the former strongman Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Photo: AFPMale: Security forces physically ejected protesting members of Parliament (MPs) from the Maldives parliament on Monday in chaotic scenes during a failed opposition attempt to impeach the speaker and destabilise the president ahead of elections next year. “Government brings in military to occupy the parliament chamber to obstruct and rig the no confidence vote on the Speaker,” Nasheed tweeted during the chaos in parliament. Yesterday, he appealed to members of his Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) to break ranks with the president and vote with the opposition to remove the speaker, Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed. The Maldives constitution also bars Nasheed from being a candidate because of his criminal conviction.

March 27, 2017 15:22 UTC

SC seeks detailed plan of action from Centre to tackle farmer suicides

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to file a detailed plan of action to tackle farmer suicides in the country within four weeks. “Centre will take steps but implementation is at state level,” he said. Citizens Resource and Action Initiative, a Gujarat-based non-profit had moved the court in 2014 seeking Rs5 lakh each for about 700 families. Chandrachud and Sanjay Kishan Kaul said farmer suicides are a serious issue. The Centre has also set up a committee to suggest ways to double real (inflation adjusted) farmer incomes between 2016-17 and 2022.

March 27, 2017 15:11 UTC

Dakota C-43: Oldest plane circumnavigating the globe lands in Nagpur

NAGPUR: A March 1940-make Dakota C-43 the oldest aircraft in the world attempting circumnavigation of the globe , touched down here on Monday.Also called DC-3 (Douglas DC-3), these planes had played a key role in India's wars with Pakistan in 1947 and 1965.The present aircraft, owned by Aeropassion, a Swiss firm, flew in here from Karachi last night, its 11th halt on the 55-city tour during which it would circumnavigate the globe.The aircraft, manufactured by the now extinct US-based Douglas Aircraft Company, were extensively used by the Allied forces during the World War II. Among other missions, they were used to airdrop the troops during the landing on the Normandy coast in France on the 'D-day'.The 'Breitling DC-3 World Tour' started off from Geneva on March 9, the 77th birthday of the 36-seater aircraft with a 3-member crew, said Captain Francisco Agullo, the pilot.Agullo (48), a Swiss national, has experience of 28 years. Engines of this make have to be changed after every 1200 hours, he said.The DC-3 was also the first plane to complete the US east-west journey with just one stop. In Tokyo, the plane will offer a joy ride to the child victims of the 2013 tsunami.Civil DC-3 production stopped in 1942 with 607 aircraft made. However, the production of its military derivative, the C-47 Skytrain (designated as Dakota by the UK's Royal Air Force), and the Russian and Japanese versions continued till 1950.

March 27, 2017 15:04 UTC

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to David Warner after nasty bouncer: How quick was that?

(Also read: Ravindra Jadeja wins sledging war against unruly Australian wicketkeeper)Playing only his third match in India's 13-Test home season, Bhuvneshwar peppered Australia's openers with bouncers and pushed them on the backfoot. Bhuvneshwar, though, enjoyed troubling Warner with some short stuff. (Also read: Dharamsala Test: Matthew Wade, Ravindra Jadeja get into argument post Glenn Maxwell dismissal)"When I walked out to bat, Pat Cummins bowled a bouncer and Warner asked me if that was quick. Then I bowled a bouncer to Warner and asked him how quick he thought that was," Bhuvneshwar told Umesh Yadav in a conversation for "So I thought if I hit him, I would want to ask him if I was bowling quick enough."

March 27, 2017 15:04 UTC

Man City: Soccer-Bravo pours cold water on talk of Man City exit

March 27 (Reuters) - Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has dismissed media reports suggesting he is looking for a move away from the Premier League club after he lost his place in the starting line-up to Willy Caballero last month. "It's all false, that I'm looking for another place to play and that I want to leave," the 33-year-old Chilean told the Manchester Evening News. "The issue that I was not playing came out, many examples of fake news have come out. It's a good team, so we need to fight hard to get three points," the 20-year-old Nigerian told City's website ( "We are in a good position in the Premier League, we keep fighting and focus on the next games."

March 27, 2017 14:48 UTC

'Trump effect' to be blamed for racial attacks in Australia, the victim says

alleged hate attack +hurled racial abuses +On his way to use restaurant toilet he tried to stop quarrel b/w group of people and manager, got punched in face: taxi driver's father. mdash; ANI (@ANI_news) March 27, 2017priest was stabbed in the neck +MELBOURNE: An Indian-origin man who was assaulted by a group of teenagers in Australia in anhas said that the racial mood is changing in the country and it could stem from the "Trump effect".Li Max Joy, who is pursuing a nursing course and working as a part-time taxi driver in North Hobart in Tasmania, alleged that five people including a girllike "you bloody black Indians" at him and assaulted him up at the McDonald's restaurant.The 33-year-old who hails from Kerala said the increasing racial hostility could stem from "the Donald Trump effect", the Advertiser newspaper reported. "The racial mood is definitely changing. It is continuous now. Many other drivers have been abused but not everyone reports it to the police," he said.Joy said that he has been living in Hobart for eight years with his family and also narrated another such incident that happened with him a week ago.

March 27, 2017 14:48 UTC

79 kg of sea cucumbers seized

more-inRAMANATHAPURAMKenikarai police have seized 79 kg of sea cucumbers, protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, from a van, which was found abandoned after an accident. After the van met with an accident, the driver had abandoned the vehicle and fled from the spot. The van was owned by R. Kanimozhi of Thuthivalasai near Uchipuli, the police said. The decomposed sea cucumbers were handed over to Forest Department personnel, and they destroyed them after obtaining orders from the local judicial magistrate court on Sunday, the police said. The forest personnel registered a case and were investigating after seizing the van, the police added.

March 27, 2017 14:48 UTC

US stocks hit six weeks low, dollar drops on Donald Trump’s healthcare bill defeat

Bank stocks, which had outperformed in the post-election rally on bets of tax cuts and simpler regulations, took a beating on Monday. Bank of America was down 3.6% and JPMorgan 2%, with the two stocks being the biggest drag on the S&P 500. The S&P 500 financial index was off 2.2%, far underperforming the other eight losers among the major S&P sectors. Utilities and real estate—the defensive plays of the S&P 500 - were the only ones in the black. The S&P 500 index showed six 52-week highs and six lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 11 highs and 33 lows.

March 27, 2017 14:26 UTC

Temple pujari suicide case adjourned

more-inPrincipal District and Sessions Court Judge K. Murali Sankar adjourned the temple pujari suicide case till April 11 on Monday for further hearing. Special Public Prosecutor B. Mohan did not appear before the court. His junior said Mr. Mohan did not resign from his post and was continuing as SPP in the case. The then judge Principal District Judge R. Poornima advised the complainant to arrange a new public prosecutor to expedite the trial. The case pertains to the suicide of S. Nagamuthu (22) of T. Kallupatti village, a Dalit, who was working as pujari in Sri Kailasanathar Hill Temple in Periyakulam on December 8, 2012, after he was allegedly subjected to harassment.

March 27, 2017 14:15 UTC

Panasonic enters the AI race with Arbo enabled smartphones

As of now, this new virtual assistant will be available only with Panasonic Eluga Ray Max and Eluga Ray X.Japanese company Panasonic has also joined the league of phonemakers such as Google and HTC which are offering smartphones with artificial intelligence (AI) enabled virtual assistants. In a nutshell, users won’t have to save reminders in calendar app to remember things they need to do. Also, if a user switches from one Arbo enabled Panasonic phone to another in future, they won’t have to configure it from the beginning. What phones will have itAs of now, this new virtual assistant will be available only with Panasonic Eluga Ray Max and Eluga Ray X. The Eluga Ray Max is priced at Rs11,499 (32GB) and Rs12,499 (64GB) while the Eluga Ray X will cost Rs8,999.

March 27, 2017 14:15 UTC

BB Lal: Manu's flood a reality, says archaeologist B B Lal

NEW DELHI: Controversial archaeologist B B Lal, known for his works on Ayodhya, has come up with a research paper which claims that Manu 's flood, widely believed to be a mythological phenomenon, was a real event.The research paper of the former director general of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the findings of which were arrived at by linking Manu's flood to the disappearance of the Saraswati river through archaeological evidence, was presented at a seminar organised by the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR). "Archaeologically, the deluge of the Saraswati took place around 2000-1,900 Before Common Era (BCE) or broadly, in the first quarter of the second millennium BCE. This was exactly the time of Manu's flood, which occurred after the Rigveda, but before the beginning of the second millennium BCE. Should we still call Manu's Flood a myth," the paper read.Lal, a Padma Bhushan awardee, is also working on a book on the same subject. His book 'Rama, His Historicity, Mandir and Setu: Evidence of Literature, Archaeology and Other Sciences' had created an uproar as it talked about the possible presence of a Hindu temple structure beneath the Babri Masjid.ICHR is a flagship research-based institution functioning under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.The three-day seminar on 'Antiquity, Continuity and Development of Civilisation and Culture in Bharat (India) up to 1st Millennium BC' was slated to be inaugurated today by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.

March 27, 2017 14:11 UTC

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